SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Saturday morning in this Phoenix suburb that is connected to the murder of a forensic psychiatrist and two paralegals earlier this week.
Scottsdale police said 72-year-old Marshall Levine, a counselor and life coach, was shot inside of an office building near Hayden and Mountain View roads. An acquaintance found him dead from a gunshot wound inside his office shortly after midnight Saturday. Karen Kolbe, a licensed professional counselor, told The Arizona Republic that Levine was a psychologist to whom she had rented office space for the last two years.
Kolbe said police arrived at her house in the early hours of Saturday morning with the news that Levine had been killed.
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Scottsdale, a city of about 250,000 residents east of Phoenix, is known for its resorts, spas and golf courses. It had five homicides in all of 2017 and averaged four per year in the five years previous to that, according to the Uniform Crime Report it transmits to the FBI.
At about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Veleria Sharp, 48, of Chandler, and Laura Anderson, 49, of Mesa, were shot and killed at the law office of Burt, Feldman and Grenier in Scottsdale where both worked as paralegals.
The law firm of Burt, Feldman and Grenier issued a statement of condolences Saturday:
Laura has worked with us as family for more than 10 years. Her intellect, passion and friendship has meant more to us than we can even begin to convey. She was more than a co-worker; she was a friend, a mother, grandmother, daughter and wife and gave all of herself to her family, her friends and her work.
Veleria was a treasured member of our work family. She brought joy, calmness, warmth and compassion to all that she did. She was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter. She and her family shared a deep passion for music and their faith.
On Thursday, forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt was gunned down outside of his Scottsdale office, police said. Pitt had been a consultant on on a number of high-profile cases — including Phoenix's Baseline Killer serial shooter, who killed nine people between August 2005 and June 2006, and JonBenét Ramsey, who was found dead the day after Christmas in 1996.
Witnesses told police they heard a loud argument before Thursday's killing followed with gunshots, Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said Friday. Pitt was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooter fled the area. Witnesses described the shooter as an adult male, bald and wearing a dark-colored hat with a short brim, Lewis said.
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